BASIS "Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present." Six souls. "And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future " Each are bound to each other as inevitably and inseparably as they are bound to their lives, past, present, and future. "We cross and re-cross our old paths like figure-skaters" The choices made in one will affect the fate of all to come. The art and music and tools created in one will reappear throughout the ages. "Fear, belief, love are phenomena that determine the course of our lives. These forces begin before we are born and continue after we perish" Hate can ripple across lives and poison souls. Help given in one life can be returned in another, debts repaid. Kindness can change the course of history. Love that is true and pure can transcend the boundaries of life and death. "Death is only a door. When it closes, another opens" The physical body changes, morphs. A man now may be a woman next. This life's slave may be the next life's emperor. A soldier can become a monk, or a princess a pauper. Birth is by chance. Destiny is the whim of fate. Emotions are what define a person's impact on the next generation. "I believe we do not stay dead long" IC THREAD Hello and welcome. This RP will revolve around the journeys and lives of six souls as they shift, evolving from one incarnation to the next. They will discover numerous locations across multiple eras, inhabiting bodies of every possible form. They do not remember their past lives, except perhaps as strange and vivid dreams. The talents they pick up in one life may become nothing more than a slight aptitude in the next. The knowledge of one life will be all but gone by the time the next appears. What does remain is the personality. A soul loved in one life will be loving in the next. A soul scorned may become spiteful or vindictive. They will recognize each other to an extent; enemies in one life may be antagonistic in their next while lovers might experience an inexplicable attraction. What they create in one life will most likely reappear in the next. The sword a soul crafts in the body of a smith may be used by another soul to kill a king in the next life. The song one lover writes for another will be recognized by that soul for eternity. The ideas of freedom and rights and responsibilities expressed in one life will be found in the next. Evolution. So, you probably want to know what will be expected from you in this thread. Here's an idea of what I'm looking for: Talent. Your writing should be good; length is irrelevant. Your characters should be well-rounded. You should be able to wield a plot without needing too much urging or begging. Keep things moving without hogging the spotlight. Don't stall, but give everyone time. Flexibility. I'm a big fantasy fan; not every scenario will have to be fantasy-based but some definitely will, and there might be sci-fi, steampunk, or period-esque segments. You should be able to play both males and females of varied cultures and sexualities. While your preferences will be noticed, everyone can't always have their first choice. Speed. Daily replies preferred, though I understand if you're busy on weekends or have practice until late every Tuesday and Thursday. I might put a word count cap to make sure the RP stayed fast-paced and active, if it gets too slow. Friendliness. This will probably involve a lot of OOC and general chatter, so if we could all get along and take the time out of our days to say hi, that would be great. ^^ I promise I don't bite. Oh and I almost forgot about ------------THE SOULS Feel free to switch around traits. These are not hard-and-fast, merely suggestions. And, of course, things may change over time. The Lion | @Ferril | Brave and Strong, but Selfish and Vain The Hound | @kikinki | Loyal and Resilient, but Naive and a Follower The Lamb | @Lady Sabine | Gentle and Wise, but Weak and Passive The Doe | @Mehuh | Untamed and Quick, but Cowardly and a Loner The Beaver | @LuluRS | Industrious and Intelligent, but Unmotivated and Agoraphobic The Crow | @J_"Kraken" | Clever and Freespirited, but Greedy and Unlucky If this sounds familiar to you, it's because the quotes and certain plot themes are from Cloud Atlas. ^^ All credit where due, especially the quotes.